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Holiday home key-holding services

Owning a holiday home is always like a dream coming true. But it can soon be a lurid nightmare for the owners, particularly for those who do not intend to reside there or nearby. Besides ensuring safety and keeping the property damage-free, there are a lot of maintenance issues which you have to deal with, unless you hire a key-holder or take the services of a key-holding company. While in Read the rest “Holiday home key-holding services”

Securing your holiday home with the best security system

Vikram Atwal, Director at VySecure Pvt. Ltd, a company offering complete security solutions to home owners, speaks to Holiday Home Times on why a holiday home owner must install a security system in his home.

Excerpts of the interview…

Please tell us something about your company, VYSecure.
Vikram Atwal: We at VySecure are neutral to vendors, manufacturers, and technologies. Instead we are customer-centric, which means we understand the requirements of Read the rest “Securing your holiday home with the best security system”

Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool

“Home owners usually have this misconception that having a swimming pool in one’s home amounts to wastage of water,” says Vivek Mishra, proprietor of Premium Pools and an active member of the Indian Plumbing Association. “On the contrary, a holiday home owner can construct a swimming pool and with a little intelligence can conserve a lot of water,” Mishra says, in an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times.

“Apart Read the rest “Certain facts about your holiday home swimming pool”

‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’

Solar water heater

In an exclusive interview to Holiday Home Times, Mr Nitin Gupta, Solar Thermal Head (North) at Tata BP Solar India Ltd, says that holiday home owners can benefit immensely by installing solar water heaters in their vacation homes.

Excerpts of the interview…

Kindly explain in brief what solar water heaters are all about.
Nitin Gupta: Solar water heaters are a cost-effective way to generate hot water for one’s home. Read the rest “‘Holiday home owners can benefit from solar water heaters’”

Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi

Dinesh Bharat who has a home with 3 rooms for guests in Delhi’s NCR area of Gurgaon, tells Holiday Home Times why guests love his home and why the presence of premium hotels in the vicinity of his home doesn’t bother him!

Excerpts of the interview…

Tell us about your homestay/ holiday home.
Dinesh Bharat: Our homestay is located in Gurgaon, just South west of Delhi and very close to Read the rest “Home of your own in Gurgaon near Delhi”

Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom

A modern bathroom in holiday homes

Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance! King George V would not have said this if he saw most of the boring holiday home bathrooms with the owners hardly paying any attention to interior design, technical fitness, maintenance, and cleanliness. Ugly tiles, slippery floors, dull paint, no natural light – who would want to visit a bathroom like this for a second time?

These days, people expect Read the rest “Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom”

Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home

Good, reliable and flexible housekeeping services are the lifeline of a holiday home. Housekeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground, and therefore, an invaluable asset to any holiday home owner. So, as a holiday home owner, it requires to be thorough while recruiting them.

1- Flexibility during odd hours: This is a key concern area. In general, we go ahead with an understanding that housekeepers will arrive on Read the rest “Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home”

Property photography – tips for holiday home owners

Photographs of your holiday home give the first impression to your prospective guest – they can either intrigue him enough to send an enquiry and make a booking or just as easily turn him away.

Unlike products which can be physically seen and experienced before making a purchase, a holiday home can be viewed only through photographs so it is of paramount importance to get the first impression right.  Sometimes, Read the rest “Property photography – tips for holiday home owners”

Preparing the holiday home for weekenders

Weekends are a time of relaxation and social gatherings, filled with parties, celebrations and other events. For holiday home owners, in contrast, these are the days to welcome guests looking for a short and enjoyable break.

Holiday home owners need to be realistic about plans and programs for the weekend. Here are some guidelines to host successful weekend breaks for your guests:

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Ensure a pest-free holiday home

Mosquito free holiday home

Some ways to ensure a mosquito-free holiday home

Come June, and the monsoon sets in, with lush foliage, the heady fragrance of earth and a freshness typical of this season. Travelers look forward to rain holidays, trekking opportunities and then returning home to hot snacks and freshly-brewed mugs of tea.

Unfortunately in this season, along with holidaymakers, comes another set of uninvited but also eager visitors – mosquitoes.  

Gardens and Read the rest “Ensure a pest-free holiday home”

Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!

A vacation is a special time of the year which every family looks forward to. Whether it is about choosing to relax, explore new destinations or discovering different cuisine, every family member choose to share the emotions with her/ his friends and family. While planning one’s vacation is an exciting part of the whole experience, the cost of paying for individual hotel rooms can take a toll on one’s bank … Read the rest “Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!”

Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand

A recent media report has said that Uttarakhand, the country’s only hilly state in the top 10 list in terms of tourist arrivals, is planning big to improve its ranking. The report published in today’s issue of the Business Standard, a reputed business daily of India, says that the state is now considering new stretches for river rafting to promote adventure tourism and looking at support infrastructure through private partnership … Read the rest “Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand”

A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner

On many occasions when guests vacate the holiday home, they leave behind a pile of soiled utensils in the kitchen sink. And when the holiday home owner stays in a different city, it’s almost impossible for her/ him to come down and check on the kitchen sink. Moreover inventory management in all holiday homes in India is non-existent. So there will be several broken plates and other utensils too and Read the rest “A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner”

55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey

India Holiday HomeA recent survey of industry body, ASSOCHAM, conducted across India has revealed that employees across the country are upbeat about the first long weekend of 2011 which started today as more than half of them in the national capital have applied for four to five casual leaves to make it an extended holiday to the next week.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) interacted with human Read the rest “55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey”

Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush

A double bonanza in the form of holidays for Rakhi on Saturday and India’s Independence Day on Monday awaits eager travellers. everyone’s geared up to spend this extended weekend away from their homes. Several city slWeekend getawaysickers are extending the upcoming weekend, taking an extra day off on Friday.

“I have reported sick on Friday and will be driving down to Mussoorie early on Friday morning,” says Siddarth Kashyap, an Read the rest “Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush”

How do I decide how much to charge for renting my second home?

1000 Indian RupeesImage by LLudo via Flickr

Today we will cover one of the most common questions I get from Holiday Home and Homestay owners – What do I charge for renting out my Holiday Home? I wanted to cover some of the important things to consider before deciding the pricing:-

1. Check on pricing of hotels and resorts located around your property: This is something that every homestay and holiday Read the rest “How do I decide how much to charge for renting my second home?”